I'm going to apply for a Ph.D. position in a nordic country, and as you know, I need my current supervisor recommendation letter.
I asked my supervisor to provide me with a recommendation letter regarding all the researches I have done in his lab. He responds that even though he is more than happy to provide one, but he never provides any recommendation letter directly to a student. Instead, he will only send such a letter to any professor/university who formally asks about one.
The whole process looks problematic to me for many reasons:
I can't ask my new supervisor to ask my old supervisor to ask for a recommendation for me. No supervisor would do such a thing because there is really tough competition between candidates. Most of them already have strong recommendation letters. The only scenario I can think of is when the university itself sends such an email, where there is no such procedure in the case of at least Sweden.
I have to apply via a web form inside the university's website where the application form asks for at least 2 recommendation letters (in PDF format). There is no place in that form for me to add my professor's email.
I didn't see such a process anywhere in at least nordic countries. Almost all my friends received their recommendation letters from their previous professors.
What's the best approach in such a situation?
Edit I'm going to apply for a position in Sweden.